More Evidence of GOP Jitters on Ryan Plan

Via The Hill‘s Healthwatch:  Republican rift widens on Medicare

Senate Republicans have decided to avoid jeopardizing their chances of capturing the upper chamber in next year’s elections and will not echo the House GOP’s call for a major overhaul of the popular health entitlement for seniors.

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While sticking by the policies in the Ryan proposal, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants have indicated they won’t seek to pass the specific Medicare provisions through the House because they have little chance of being enacted by Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate.

An outline of the Plan passed in the GOP budget earlier in the year.  However, if the GOP is serious about the Plan, it would hold a vote on the actual details of a transformed Medicare program. However, it is quite clear that such a route is a political nonstarter.  As such, it would be nice if leadership would stop pretending that the Plan is a serious proposal and, instead, work to create something that will be politically viable.

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